An author reads from her new book about the travails of trailing spouses.
Trailing spouses accompany their significant other on overseas assignments, but face different stresses than their working partner. English bookshop Chapter 1 hosts a talk Thursday morning by psychotherapist Kristin Duncombe (photo from Chapter 1’s Facebook page), who has shared her personal story as a trailing spouse in a new book.
“‘Trailing: A Memoir’ chronicles the experience of a young American woman who, after being swept off her feet by an Argentinian Médecins Sans Frontières doctor, abandons her plans and follows him to east Africa,” the bookstore says.
The book examines the pressures on Duncombe’s marriage and “the ensuing loss of identity when she chooses” love over her own career.
The daughter of a US diplomat, she earned a masters degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, and has lived in France since 2001. She was a counselor at the American University of Paris from 2008 until 2012, and has been a consultant at a number of international schools in Paris and Toulouse (and now lives in Lyon).
Duncombe’s website says: “She is currently working on another book project entitled ‘Raising Global and Mobile Children – Challenges and Solutions for International Families’, based on the popular lecture she has offered in the international school circuit since 2005.”
The “Trailing” book reading and signing begins at 10 a.m.
Chapter 1 Bookstore, 42 rue Astrid, Luxembourg-Belair